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District Offices

City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Room 465
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 473-7014
Fax: (213) 847-0680

2035 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 254-5295
Fax: (213) 485-8788

Boyle Heights
1870 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 526-3059
Fax: (323) 266-7511

El Sereno
4927 E. Huntington Dr.
Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 226-1646
Fax: (323) 226-1644

Boyle Heights Community Newsletter
April 6, 2013

Upcoming Events & Community Bulletin


Boyle Heights Pic of the Week

 Photo of Councilmember Huizar with Jim Hill at a basketball clinic at Salesian High School
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In This Newsletter:




Councilmember Requests 
City of LA Legal Response to Pollution Violations 
As the Chair of the City’s Energy & Environment Committee, Councilmember Huizar led a meeting Wednesday in which the AQMD reported on details regarding air-pollution violations by Exide Technologies, a battery recycling operation in the City of Vernon.
The Committee supported Councilmember Huizar’s call for a 30-day report from the City Attorney and the Chief Legislative Analyst on the City of Los Angeles’ response, legal or otherwise, to the violations, which could pose a health risk to City residents.
Councilmember Huizar stressed that the company’s compliance, overseen by the AQMD, should include the highest, cleanest most modern upgrades, regardless of costs, and should be implemented as quickly as possible, and not stretch out over the three years allowed by law. 
Excide has been ordered to reduce the higher than acceptable levels of arsenic being released in the atmosphere, which among other health risks, increases cancer risks to those exposed over a long period of time. 
 The order from the AQMD affects as many as 110,000 residents in Southeast Los Angeles and other surrounding communities, including Boyle Heights and East L.A.
With the supervision of the AQMD, Exide must now hold public meetings to inform the public on a plan of action to reduce the harmful pollutants. 


New CD 14 Website Now Up and Running!

The Council District 14 Website has been revamped and relaunched. Please visit to learn vital information about the district and the services and resources available to you, as well as issues and projects our office is working on.
If you have a service request or any other City need, you can use the CD14 website to contact our office directly or submit a service-request via email. Let your family and friends know that they can also sign up for the CD 14 eNewsletter at our website.
Check it out when you have a chance and hope you enjoy it. You can visit our new Council District 14 website by going to, or just type in
Website design by Ulisses Sanchez


Hollenbeck Middle School Centennial

Saturday, April 13th
10am - 5pm

Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E. 6th St.

Join Hollenbeck Middle School as they celebrate their 100th year anniversary. Hollenbeck has been an essential part of the rich history and culture of Boyle Heights. Event will include special guest speakers, live music, food, art and classic car show. For more information call 323.780-3000 College Track Accepting Applications
College Track is a college access program that works with incoming 9th grade students for 8-10 years until they earn a four-year college degree!  They serve Roosevelt High School and are looking for 60 motivated, dedicated scholars from the Class of 2017 who want to transform Boyle Heights into a college-going community.  Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2013! For more information visit their website at: or e-mail Tina, Boyle Heights Site Director, at

Four-Week Run:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Limited Run:  April 5 – 28, 2013
The New Casa 0101 Theater
2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street)
Boyle Heights, CA  90033
A Trilingual Play in English, Spanish and American Sign Language Written by Mecedes Floresislas. 
Josefina López, Artistic Director, will present the play, “Tamales De Puerco (Pork Tamales),” A Trilingual Play in English, Spanish and American Sign Language, written by Mercedes Floresislas, directed by Edward Padilla. 
The play can be described as follows:  When Norma’s husband resorts to violence to cope with her son’s deafness, Norma must flee and maneuver in three languages to survive and protect her child.  Recommended for mature audiences only.

Lock it, Hide it, and Keep it

•Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always lock your valuables in the trunk.
• Hide It: If you don’t have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.
• Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.
Message from LAPD to safeguard your personal belongings and to help reduce property crimes. For more information please contact the Hollenbeck Police station at 

The 2013 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute High School Latino Leaders in D.C.  recruitment information is now available!

The FREE six day civic engagement and leadership program for Latino high school students will take place July 14-19th in Washington, D.C. Students must reside in Los Angeles County, Orange County or San Bernardino County and meet the following requirements:

·         Be a current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student
·         Demonstrate interest in learning more about civic engagement

 The program application is due Monday, April 8th at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time and can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact, Aarón Almada, Senior High School Programs Specialist at or 202.548.8781.

   Help Raise Funds for East LA Interchange

The Boyle Heights documentary East LA Interchange tells the neighborhood’s dynamic story – its history, its present, and its impact on the future of the U.S.  Please join them as they raise the funds to finish this film so they can screen it this summer!  You will get the satisfaction of being part of this inspirational story, plus you will receive amazing rewards for your efforts.  They have signed DVDs, Boyle Heights T-Shirts, limited edition prints, editing room visits, and VIP tickets to their premiere.  Please watch their trailer, share their link, and make a contribution today.

2013 Healthy Kids Day
Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA
 April 27, 2013
2900 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90023
Bring the whole family for FREE swim, games, food, health screenings, crafts, giveaways and so much more! Make it a play date for the entire family!Call the YMCA at 323.260.7005 for more information. 

Boyle Heights Farmers Market
Every Friday
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
(1st and Bailey)
Join the Boyle Heights Farmers Market as they team up with  Boyle Heights vendors  who will be on hand to bring you organic fresh fruits and vegetables, hot foods, prepackaged nuts and legumes, and a variety of jewelry by artisans.  The farmers’ market will operate every Friday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
This fun-filled event is the perfect family destination for families every Friday evening.  Families can take advantage of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers, enjoy a nice meal, and partake in the live entertainment.

2nd Annual Financial Fitness Fair
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Central Library
Los Angeles, CA 90071
The City of Los Angeles, Community Development Department, in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), the Internal Revenue Service, and an array of community-based organizations and financial institutions will host the 2nd Annual Financial Fitness Fair. 
 Participants will be able to talk to experts about a range of personal finance issues, review their credit report, and receive tax preparation services. Tax preparation services will be available by appointment only. Participants will also be able to meet with trained Financial Coaches for help with creating a budget or a plan to pay-off debt. LA County DPSS Eligibility Workers will also be available to help people apply for public benefits such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal
Workshops scheduled include:
First-time homebuyer seminar:  Orientation and resources available to help people buy their first home. 
Education savings programs: Information on matched savings programs to help parents save for their child’s college education.
Debt Consolidation/Credit Counseling:  How can you reduce debt, improve credit score, and save for a future investment.
Guard yourself against identify theft: Information for consumers on how to protect and repair their credit if victims of identity theft.
The registration is FREE and the event is open to to the public. Free tax preparation services are available by appointment only. Please call (323) 909-1975 to schedule. All CDD system contracts are required to promote this event with customers and extended networks.
Parking available at Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street, adjacent to the Central Library. Parking validation at the Library Information Desk (1st Floor) upon presenting a LAPL library card for $1.00 and for cars that enter parking garage after 10:00 a.m.  Without validation parking fee is $8.00


Boyle Heights LGBTQ Forum, Health Resource Fair
and Workshops for Youth, Families, and Service Providers
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
9 am – 5 pm
At Mariachi Plaza 
1831 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
9 AM Registration
10 AM Program with Featured Speakers:
The White House LGBT Liaison, Gautam Raghavan
Assistant Chief of Police, Sandy Jo MacArthur
Univision News Anchor, Norma Roque
11 AM Morning Workshops*
 12:30 PM Lunch and Resource Fair
 2:00 PM Afternoon Workshops*
 The Building Healthy Communities- Boyle Heights collaborative invites you to the first LGBTQ forum in Boyle Heights. Attend free workshops and learn how to make our homes, school, & neighborhoods safer and healthier for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) Youth, and their families. This is a free event. All are welcome. 
*For workshop information, email: or call 323.286.7224. For event updates, LIKE the event page:


Introduction to Quilting
Every Monday starting April 15
6-8 pm
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st Street, 90033
Learn how to quilt. Sign up in advance and get a list of recommended supplies.Call the Library for additional information.

Adult Literacy Open House
Wednesday, April 17
6:00-8:00 pm
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st Street
Do you know how to read? If you have two hours a week, you can teach –and empower– another adult with this essential skill. Stop by and find out what it takes to become a volunteer. It could lead to a wonderfully rewarding experience
Drop in and get your questions answered.

¡Ban This! - A Visit with Author Santino Rivera
Tuesday April 23, 
6-8 pm
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st Street, 90033
Join the Library for a stimulating evening with Xicano writer and indie publisher Santino Rivera. Mr. Rivera is the editor of the anthology, ¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature and the author of two collections of poetry and prose: Demon in the Mirror and AmeriKKKan Stories.


Free Citizenship Classes!
Classes start in June
Benjamin Franklin Library
2200 E. 1st. 90031
Prepare for the Citizenship Exam.  Saturday morning classes will begin in June, but sign up begins now.  Call or visit the library to sign up.

Pennies and Keys Campaign in Support of Bracero Statue
The Union Binacional de Ex-Braceros is seeking your donations of pennies and keys or other copper materials to help build a statue that will be dedicated to the hard work of Mexican Braceros between 1942 and 1964.
Donations may be dropped off or delivered to the Mexican Cultural Institute at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is an ongoing campaign. For further information please contact Baldomero Capiz via email at

 1st International Farmers Market: A Taste of Mexico

Every Sunday
12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Mariachi Plaza Metro Gold Line Station
The 1st International Farmers Market will be showcasing food from local Boyle Heights restaurants such as-- Santa Cecilia, Yaya's, Las Flautas, Happy Corn, Albanil, and many more! There will also be live performance by our local Mariachis. Don't miss out on some of the best music and food that Boyle Heights has to offer.

LA Business Source Center


The Los Angeles Business Source Center provides local businesses a suite of technical services.  These services are at no charge to businesses owners including strategic and analytical consulting, particularly in business development and engaging in State Enterprise Zones (SEZ). Programs include:

·        Business Training Workshops
·        One-on-One Consulting
·        Small Business Financing and  Loan Packaging
·        Employee Hiring/Work Force Development
·        Licensing and Permit
·        Business Accounting
For more information please contact (323)264-9020 or visit the office to schedule an appointment at 1852 E. 1st   Los Angeles, 90033. 


Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Meeting

Every 4th Wednesday of the Month
Boyle Heights Senior Center
2839 E. 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Please join the Boyle Heights community for their monthly general board meeting. This is a great opportunity for you to network with board members and learn about community issues and concerns. The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (BHNC) meets 4th Wednesday of every month.


Road map to High School College Prep Workshop
Thursday, April 18
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
Middle school students: are you college bound? Your path starts in High School! Learn about grade point averages, honor and AP classes, as well as what the College A-G requirements are and which extra-curricular activities to consider. Workshops are hosted in partnership with the Princeton review and are intended for Middle School Students and their parents.

Citizenship Test Study sessions 
Saturday, April 20 @1:00pm
Saturday, May 4 @1:00pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St
Come to the library and  study with others studying for  the citizenship test in English and Spanish. 

Student Zone at Stevenson Library
Monday - Thursday
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
Visit your local study zone! Free printing for homework, access to Live Homework Help online tutoring, computers reserved just for homework, and other resources to help students be successful!

Rexlace Craft for Teens
Friday, April 19, 2013
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St
Make lanyards, keychains, or bracelets using Rexlace (vinyl craft lace). All materials will be supplied. Fun and free activity! 

Teen Council
First Friday of the month

Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St. 
Do you want to hang out with other cool teens? Do you want to help decide what new books/movies to get? Do you want to help plan what awesome programs the library should have? Join the R.L. Stevenson Branch Teen Council! Council meets once a month. Looks great as an extracurricular. Snacks provided.

Thursday Night Movies at the library
Thursday, April 11, 2013 @5:00pm
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @5:00pm
Thursday, May 09, 2013@5:00pm
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St

Come watch a movie at the library! Its free and fun for the entire family. 

Family Story Time at Robert Louis Stevenson Library

4:00 PM
Robert Louis Stevenson Library
803 Spence St.
Join the Stevenson Library staff in their weekly family story times featuring engaging story telling and reading for kids and their families.
For more information please contact: 323.268.1349


Boyle Heights Parent College Program 

 April 20th
May 18th
9am – 12:30pm
Hollenbeck Middle School
2510 E. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
The Partnership for LA Schools will kickoff its Boyle Heights Parent College Program at Hollenbeck Middle School. The Partnership invites parents and families of Stevenson Middle School, Mendez Learning Center, Roosevelt High School, Hollenbeck Middle School, and Sunrise Elementary School to take part in this free program to learn about college readiness and access for our youth. Free childcare and breakfast will be provided, for further information, (213) 201-2000 X 234, (213) 201-2000 X 211.

Dispute Resolution Program

Community members can benefit from mediation by saving time, money and emotional distress trough the mediation of disputes. DRP offers free mediation services and mediation training for any Los Angeles County resident, or person who has conducted business in our community, and is involved in a dispute. Mediation is a confidential, voluntary process in which a neutral third party facilitates communication between people to resolve their disputes. For more information please contact office of the City Attorney at 213-485-8324.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Commodity Supplemental Food Program

If you or someone you know is a senior (60 years and older) and meets the Senior Income Guidelines of $1,180 per month (1 person) or $1,594 per month (2 persons), they may qualify to participate in the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This program will provide seniors with a FREE Food Kit once a month, prepared with specific nutritional needs in mind, and will include meats, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related products, cereals and other grain products, plus much more!
Program Requirements are as follows:
Seniors (60 years and older)
*Picture ID with Date of Birth
* Proof of Income – Social Security, SSI or Pension 
(Bank Statement, Check Stub, Benefit Award Letter) OR
*Medi-CAL Card
You can authorize someone to pick up your food every month! Note: Please make sure to bring that person with you at the time of your first visit.
To find your local Multipurpose Senior Center, please call 1-800-510-2020. For Los Angeles Regional Food Bank information

Department of Aging Programs

The Los Angeles Department of Aging offers free help to family caregivers and seniors.  Programs include family caregiver workshops and free legal assistance to help protect your older loved one.  For more information on programs offered by the Department of Aging please contact Veronica Sanchez Perez at  (213) 482-7243 or email her at
FREE Conference Call Information & Resources
for Seniors &  Family Caregivers Seminar
If you are a family caregiver for a senior 60 years or older and would like to know about programs that can help you care for your loved one, please participate in the next "Infonar" that best meets your schedule.  In only 30 minutes you will learn about the many programs that can help your loved one and reduce some of the stress you might be dealing with in juggling care giving especially if you are also working. For more information please contact: Veronica Sanchez Perez at (213) 252-4097 or email her at
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